A Rare Gem

The Galiano Conservancy owns a 17.4 ha piece of land on Mt. Sutil, which includes seven hectares of Garry oak and associated ecosystems. These south facing woodlands, grasslands, cliffs, and bluffs are home to an incredible diversity of plant and animal species. According to the Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team (GOERT), there are over 100 provincially listed species at risk found in these ecosystems.

The Galiano Conservancy maps and monitors these lands for vegetation communities and continues to survey for rare species occurrences. Mt. Sutil has been acknowledged by botanists, biologists, and conservationists alike as being a rare example of relatively undisturbed Garry oak herb and grassland communities.

Biodiversity Galiano maintains a database of species encountered on Mount Sutil.

Recovery and Restoration

As part of the Galiano Conservancy’s ecological restoration efforts on Mt. Sutil, 13 hectares of land have been purged of introduced scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius).  Often, this involves careful, rope-assisted work on steep, erodible slopes!  But the work doesn’t end when the broom is cleared.

The ecological history of Garry oak ecosystems includes both environmental and human factors, making them unique socio-ecological systems.  They face a variety of compounding threats which may require both Traditional Knowledge and novel approaches to address.  As we continue to learn about these ecosystems, our approach to restoration evolves alongside our understanding.

Mount Sutil

At a Glance

  • Size: 17.4 ha
  • Legal Description: Lot 36, District Lot 23, Galiano Island, Parcel Identifier 002-829-878
  • Acquisition Year: 2000

Nature Sanctuary

This property is closed to the public in order to protect sensitive ecosystems.

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Additional Resources

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